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Kabir
June 2, 2007, 12:30 PM
Our soon to be bulletin:

<h3>Ashraful & Mashrafe get the thumbs up as captain & vice-captain of Bangladesh</h3><table style="float:right; padding:15px;" border="0" width="300px">
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<tr><td>The new look Bangladesh: Captain Ashrafull and Deputy Mashrafee</td></tr>
</table>After a long period of speculations, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that Mohammad Ashraful will take charge of the Bangladesh side in both Tests and One Day Internationals (ODI). The news has come after Habibul Bashar stepped down from captaincy after the end of India’s tour of Bangladesh in May, 2007.

BCB has further decided to make Mashrafee Mortaza the deputy of the side, by making him the vice-captain in both Tests and ODIs.

Ashraful started his career early, at the age of 17 in 2001 against Zimbabwe. He had entered International Cricket with a bang, with his record of being the youngest Test centurian in World Cricket. He has maintained his place in the team since then, although was at the point of being dropped before the Zimbabwe series in 2006. He has had a tremendous World Cup 2007, and was the highest scorer of the side for the tournament. He played a major role in the historic win against South Africa in the Super Eights of World Cup 2007, and a match winning 100 against Australia in Cardiff.

Ashraful has previous experiences with captaincy. He is currently the captain of Dhaka Division and Sonargaon Club. He captained the Under-19 team in U-19 World Cup 2002 in New Zealand.

Mashrafe started his career at an early age of 18, against Zimbabwe in 2001. He has shown the never-seen-before kind of aggression and determination that Bangladesh needed in its bowling department. Due to his never-give-up type of attitude, the Tigers have seen great many successes, including the recent win against India in World Cup 2007 group stage matches. Along with his sharp bowling, Mashrafe is also gradually proving his worth as a batsman, after several breathtaking innings against India, Kenya, and Zimbabwe in the past year or so.

Unlike Ashraful, Mashrafe does not have any experiences with captaincy.Both Ashraful and Mashrafe have been given the opportunity to lead the Bangladesh team until the Twenty20 World Cup in September 2007. Their first assignment will be in Sri Lanka this month, where they will be taking charge of the team for 3 ODIs and 3 Tests.

**Meanwhile Bangladesh have appointed Shaun Williams, current Bangladesh A team coach, as the interim coach for Sri Lanka tour. Former Bangladesh coach Sarwar Imran will act as the deputy of Williams for the test and ODI series.

- Imran Kabir

**Thanks to Miraz bhai for this part.

Shafin
June 2, 2007, 12:37 PM
You can add Ashrafuls previous captaincy experiences on his CV,he is currently captain of Dhaka Division and probably Sonargaon Club,and lead our U-19 team in the U-19 world cup held in NZ,I forgot the year,please dig that,

However,quick response to the news.ditto

Haradhon
June 2, 2007, 12:46 PM
I hope both Ash and Masharfee take their new responsibilities seriously and control their natural instincts to hit each and every ball. Ash now has an opportunity to play captain's innings for ODIs, just like Jayasuriya does. He has all the talents to tune himself up as an opener for both ODI and test forms.
After he scored his first century, I was telling one of my friends that someday players like Ash will take BD cricket to a higher level to compete neck to neck with the biggies.
Masri has all the ingradients to become an Imran Khan and he bats better than Wasim Akram. He has to be careful about his injuries.
On BCB's part, it is a kind of taking risks to put a lot of weights on the shoulders of these two youngmen. Then looking at the alternatives that are available, I prefer to gamble with these two than bringing in an old guard and doing the same after a couple of years.
GOOD LUCK, ASH and MASH, the MASHRAFUL team!!!!

Kabir
June 2, 2007, 01:01 PM
You can add Ashrafuls previous captaincy experiences on his CV,he is currently captain of Dhaka Division and probably Sonargaon Club,and lead our U-19 team in the U-19 world cup held in NZ,I forgot the year,please dig that,

Thanks. Updated :)

MohammedC
June 2, 2007, 01:06 PM
I thought there is another thread about this topic

Sohel
June 2, 2007, 01:06 PM
good one K.

here's my blog about then a possible ash captaicy, immediately after the WC, if you're interested.

http://snr1967.blogspot.com/2007/04/case-for-possible-ashraful-captaincy.html

let's see what happens. i'm optimistic.

Kabir
June 2, 2007, 01:08 PM
I thought there is another thread about this topic

This is a BanglaCricket bulletin. We publish our own bulletins.

One World
June 2, 2007, 01:11 PM
BD cricket really entered into a new era today.

MohammedC
June 2, 2007, 01:12 PM
This is a BanglaCricket bulletin. We publish our own bulletins.

Oh I see, sorry

Kabir
June 2, 2007, 01:17 PM
Ashraful is I think the 3rd youngest Test cricket captain in the world. He's 22 years 330 days old. The youngest was Taibu (Zimbabwe), who took charge at the age of 20 years 357 days old. Second youngest was Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (India) who took charge when he was 21 years 77 days old.

Miraz
June 2, 2007, 01:19 PM
OK, here's the bulletin with the addition of Shaun Williams as interim coach.

Current Tour

Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 2007
Mohammad Ashraful appointed as Bangladesh captain, Mortaza deputy
2 June 2007
After a long period of speculations, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that Mohammad Ashraful will take charge of the Bangladesh side in both Tests and One Day Internationals (ODI). The news has come after Habibul Bashar stepped down from captaincy after the end of India?s tour of Bangladesh in May, 2007.
BCB has further decided to make Mashrafee Mortaza the deputy of the side, by making him the vice-captain in both Tests and ODIs.

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Shafin
June 2, 2007, 01:21 PM
Ashraful is I think the 3rd youngest Test cricket captain in the world. He's 22 years 330 days old. The youngest was Taibu (Zimbabwe), who took charge at the age of 20 years 357 days old. Second youngest was Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (India) who took charge when he was 21 years 77 days old.
Ashraful actually is the 7th youngest captain after Taibu, Patoudi, Waqar, Smith, Craig, Miandad and Bisett.

(Got it from a bangla Newspaper,so not sure about spellings,I also never heard of Craig or Bisett)

Kabir
June 2, 2007, 01:23 PM
Thanks Miraz bhai, for the addition :)
Lemme update the original one.

Kabir
June 2, 2007, 01:24 PM
Ashraful actually is the 7th youngest captain after Taibu, Patoudi, Waqar, Smith, Craig, Miandad and Bisett.

Okay, that's not bad. I wish he was the youngest. But I really hope he does the job better than any of these guys.

Shafin
June 2, 2007, 01:26 PM
Why the pic is not in the Bulletin,It's been a worthy find,I'm sure many newspapers will print it tomorrow.

Shafin
June 2, 2007, 01:28 PM
Okay, that's not bad. I wish he was the youngest. But I really hope he does the job better than any of these guys.
I hope he at least attain what smith has done with his team.

MohammedC
June 2, 2007, 01:29 PM
Guys dont know much about this Shaun Williams. Any one know anything about him

bulbul_fan
June 2, 2007, 01:31 PM
jhotil khobor........................
beshi joshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Shafin
June 2, 2007, 01:53 PM
Guys dont know much about this Shaun Williams. Any one know anything about him
He is our A team coach,also involved in coaching the local coaches,had been a pillar for the structural development of BCB,ie the Academy et el

shamster
June 2, 2007, 02:01 PM
Very much expected. How things twist and change hey ? First Rajin was groomed then Shahriar. I really thought Shahriar was next in line. At least one good thing about Ash is he cant get any worse.